Kilgravin Lodge Has Proven Reputation

The happy knack of continually producing winners has made Kilgravin Lodge’s consignment of young talent to New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale a must see draft for buyers. The Matamata farm of Eion and Megan Kemp has an enviable selling record and not just at the higher end of the market.

Success stories from their recent line-ups have included the multiple Group One winner Sangster (VRC Derby, Darci Brahma International Stakes, Auckland Cup), who was a $19,000 purchase for trainer Trent Busuttin in 2009, while recent debut winner and Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas prospect The Right Answer was a $20,000 buy for Canterbury owner-trainer Ross Beckett last year. Another Kilgravin graduate from the class of 2012 at Karaka has been Rite Of Spring, an $80,000 purchase who, to date, is unbeaten in two appearances from Michael Freedman’s Singapore stable.

Sunshine Kingdom was secured for $24,000 from the 2011 line-up and has been the stakes winner of three races from a light career in Macau and from the same sale has come the Gr.2 Avondale Guineas winner Valbuena, who was passed in at $45,000. “The Ready to Run has always been a good sale for us and good horses, as we know, can come from anywhere in the market,” Eion Kemp said. “We have had a lot of success and in many ways it’s down to not putting these young horses under a huge amount of pressure and we take them along quietly and that can then produce sound older horses that perform on the track.”

Kilgravin will present another 20-strong draft to the upcoming Ready to Run Sale at Karaka with a strong collection of youngsters by proven stallions and first season sires. “We’ve got them by Starcraft, Keeper, Darci Brahma, Dane Shadow, Iffraaj, Henrythenavigator, Authorized, Shinko King, Fast ‘N’ Famous as well as a Nadeem,” Kemp said. First season sires represented in the consignment include the Group One winners Swiss Ace, Mastercraftsman and TheWayYouAre and I Am Invincible. He is already on the board in New Zealand following the Ruakaka debut success of two-year-old Vinnie Eagle.

The son of Dane Shadow (Lot 297) is out of a half-sister to multiple Hong Kong Group One winner Olympic Express while a Nadeem colt (Lot 402) is out of a grand-daughter of the former crack Australian filly Princess Talaria. “The colt by Guillotine (Lot 5) is also a good type and Guillotine is an up and coming stallion and both the Darci Brahmas are good sorts as well,” Kemp said. “It’s a solid draft and another nice line of horses, there really is something for everyone.”

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